When Heather Heyer died in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, there was an outpouring of anger, anger and grief from all over the country.
A woman from Pennsylvania, who had been a lifelong Democrat, who was not affiliated with the Trump campaign, tweeted out her grief: “I am mourning the loss of my friend, Heather Heyser, who lost her life defending our values and our way of life.
My heart breaks for the people of #Charlottesville and the country at large.”
Many others expressed similar sentiments: “Her death is so devastating, and I feel like I need to do something about it,” said one commenter.
“We need to stop this hate.
It is disgusting.
It has to stop,” added another.
“She was the last person in the world who should have been targeted by Trump,” said another.
A few days later, a white supremacist and alt-right activist named Richard Spencer, whose online presence has grown over the years, showed up at a “free speech” rally in Portland, Oregon, where Heather Heyers husband and daughter were attending.
Spencer was not in Charlottesville for the demonstration, but he had been there several times previously and had been invited to speak by the mayor, a Democrat.
He made his way to the front of the crowd, where he began chanting “get ’em out,” before shouting out his message: “Get ’em off the stage!”
A white supremacist shouted at Spencer: “We are the future of the United States!”
Spencer responded: “Fuck you, you’re dead.”
A few minutes later, as Spencer made his rounds on the other side of the street, a young woman yelled out from behind him: “He’s going to get you!”
The man was later identified as a 29-year-old named Matthew Heyer, who died after being hit in the back by a car driven by a man wearing a white shirt.
Spencer and the other man, who were identified as James Alex Fields Jr. and Timothy Loehmann, are facing murder and other charges in connection with the killing.
It’s not clear how much time the two men had to reach the rally, which drew tens of thousands of people and the city’s largest gathering of alt-Right activists.
The white supremacist rally was not the first time Spencer has been seen in public.
In April, he was spotted holding a Confederate flag and other white supremacist paraphernalia outside of a Trump campaign rally in North Carolina.
Spencer, who once posted a photo of himself posing with a Confederate battle flag, was arrested on Tuesday, and his supporters were also arrested.
He was released on $1 million bail and has since been banned from Twitter.
He is scheduled to appear in court again on Tuesday.
(Spencer has since denied any involvement in the rally.)
“What happened to Heather Heyers family is the worst kind.
They were not a part of that rally.
They weren’t a part,” said the woman in Pennsylvania, the woman who tweeted about the rally.
“The white supremacists are a disgrace to America and the way that we all live.
They’re a disgrace.
They are not Americans.”
Heyer’s death also was a catalyst for a string of other rallies that have turned violent.
One of those protests, on Saturday, was in response to the killing of Heather Hecker, a University of Wisconsin student who was killed on campus in September.
“I’m sorry to say that Heather Hecher’s death has created a new wave of violence,” the president of the University of California, Berkeley, wrote on Facebook.
“It was a terrible tragedy that has devastated her family and their community.
And it will continue to do so until we find justice.”
Another protester, an activist named Aaron Swartz, was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday for a 2009 hack of a website that he helped to develop.
Swartz later admitted to a string, coordinated hacking attacks against a federal contractor, and was released from prison in May after serving two years.
On Tuesday, a federal judge in Seattle, in the first case to be prosecuted under President Donald Trump, ordered the prosecution of Aaron Swarthmore, a software engineer who helped develop the open source open source browser Firefox, on charges of hacking into and stealing government records.
The charges stem from a 2014 investigation into Swarthrights work at Google.
In a statement, Swarthaller’s lawyers said they were disappointed by the judge’s decision, but “we are hopeful that the judge will reconsider this action and allow the prosecution to move forward in a way that allows us to focus on the victims and the families of Aaron.”
(Swarthmore was convicted of hacking the National Security Agency in the case.)
Swarthsome was sentenced in November for his role in the 2011 hack of an open source web site.
The investigation was led by the Office of Naval Intelligence, which has been accused of using its hacking tools to target U.S. military,